Monday, 9 July 2012

Buildings worth modelling 1



A handful of times a year I drive through St. Reathem and Norwood  in S London. And every time this corner grouping catches my eye. Urban buildings such as these make up most of our lives and fit the usual modelling periods and yet are rarely tacked. These two adjacent blocks with the alley between would fill hours of modelling and yet less than six linear inches in 4mm. But there is such a challenge, and therefore a satisfaction involved. We pass this sort of stuff every day and take no notice, and yet careful study of these three shots should bring out the modeller in all of us - the varied rooflines, pipework, different window designs and angles are a gift to those long on time, but short on modelling space.
Maybe we should stop all those competitions like squeezing a railway into a pizza box and instead encourage people to aspire to reproducing everyday - but highly complex - work like this.

4 comments:

  1. Couldn't agree more.Iliffe Stokes would be proud of those sentiments :-)

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  2. Hmmm... I think we (me included) have lost our way a bit. Is this art (modelling) or assembly? Where are the things that inspire and challenge, and should we be reacting to them?

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  3. I think it's got to the stage where many layouts appear to be simply cliches. I love seeing something original- a response, as you say, to something that has inspired the modeller to raise the skill threshold. Thus increasing the interest value for the observer.

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  4. Agreed. However I do love the cliche done with enthusiasm.

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